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Franco, You’ve heard me say that I don’t like when people call me a self-made man. You’ve even heard me say that you’re part of the reason I could never accept that label. But I wanted you to know why. From the minute we met in Munich, you were my partner in crime. We pushed each other, we competed with each other, and we laughed at every moment along the way. When I finally got to America, I was alone. I’d left my family, my country, my whole life behind. So when I asked Joe Weider to bring you to train with me, it was because I knew I wasn’t the same without my best friend. I could thrive without money, without my parents, but I couldn’t thrive without you. I am devastated today. But I am also so, so grateful for the 54 years of friendship and joy we shared. The pumps, the chess games, the construction work, the meals, the pranks, the life lessons – we did it all together. We grew and we learned and we loved. My life was more fun, more colorful, and more complete because of you. I will always miss you. But I’ll also know that a part of you lives on in me, in Debbie, in Maria, and in the millions of people you inspired every day you lived. And I will be there for Maria and Debbie, so you can rest now with no worries. I love you Franco. I will always remember the joy you brought to my life, the advices you gave me, and the twinkle in your eye that never disappeared. You were my best friend. Love always, Arnold
Two time Mr. Olympia champ and movie actor, Franco Columbu just passed away yesterday. He suddenly passed while swimming in Italy and suddenly drowned after suffering a heart attack while swimming. Franco won Mr. Olympia in 1976 and again in 1981. He wasn’t just a bodybuilder and actor, he was also a licensed chiropractor in which he practiced in Los Angeles for many years.
Franco was lifelong best friends with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Before Franco’s passing, he and Arnold continued to train at the gym together. Sly knew Franco for a little bit as Franco trained Sly during the Rambo years. Sly trained with both Franco and Arnold during the 80’s.
When it comes to bodybuilding, this is how I would want to look someday. You’ll never see me on a Mr. Olympia stage ever but I do want that look. That’s why I got into bodybuilding to begin with. I’m hoping to get that big and muscular look like the pro bodybuilders. I’ve been bodybuilding for 10 years or a little over and already people are saying to me that I’m already getting that look kinda. A lot of people give me good feedback on my physique saying that I’m getting bigger and bigger. Franco is an inspiration in the bodybuilding world and I hope to look like that one day.